BC Bro Says Football Team’s “Be A Dude” Slogan Is Sexist

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BCHeights – Let me start by saying that I, like many, am a fan of Boston College football. I go to the games, I yell too loud, I sing along with the marching band, I do the cymbal thing on third down, I love it. Being an Eagle has always been one of my favorite parts of being at BC, and that isn’t going to change. But part of being a fan is calling out my team when they aren’t doing a good job of representing me, and lately BC football deserves to be called out: the #BeADude mantra that trends on Twitter every Saturday and is plastered all over our promotional materials is offensive and should be removed. The slogan promotes a restrictive ideal of manhood and alienates the many women who love football as much as their male peers. #BeADude makes us look immature and frat-y, so it’s time to pick a new slogan. Asked by ESPN to explain what it means, Addazio said, “be a dude, and what being a dude is, is being a baller. You know? Just being a real baller. Just being a dude. Be great. Be a baller. Be great at what you are. Just don’t be average.”

Think about what BC football is saying. They’re drawing a line, with “dudes” on one side, and everyone else on the other and claiming for themselves the authority to determine which side of the line you fall on. In so doing, they’re simply perpetuating the narrow stereotype of machismo-laden masculinity that plagues our society, creating an in-group and an “other” group. We live in a society that encourages men to be aggressive and unfeeling while discouraging them from being emotional and vulnerable. Sports are manly, so they’re acceptable. I’m not saying that BC football is creating or even intentionally promoting this unbelievably restrictive standard of masculinity, but they’re certainly participating in a broken culture that fails to give many men space to express their gender identity comfortably. If you want to say something to your team, fine. But what message does it send to other students, not to mention young boys who idolize BC athletes, to equate being a “dude” with being a big, tough football player? I know some great dudes who sing opera or paint or do math. And they’re just as manly as the dudes I know who play football.

Goldstein coming in hot! Like say whatever you want about this dude (no pun intended but intended) but that Goldstein jacket is fire! He’s a big time dude in my book. Got to be to wear a jacket like that. Just oozing machismo. Unfortunately as far as the rest of this article goes I literally have no idea what the fuck he’s talking about. “Be A Dude” is sexist? So saying “Be a Man” is sexist? Or saying “Man up” is sexist? Basically anything in which you say a guy should be tough and strong is sexist? Kid must be the toast of the town in his gender studies class huh?  Just waxing poetic on shit that has no real life application or anything to do with reality.  Hey newflash bro. Saying men should be strong and tough is not  a sterotype. It’s a fact. It’s called Darwinism. There is a reason athletes and bloggers get all the chicks. It’s because we’re alpha males. The lead dog. The biggest baddest guys on the block. Problem with BC football isn’t their slogan. It’s that they don’t live up to it. Got too many opera singers and mathematicians and shit. Need more dudes.

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